Rachel Fishman Feddersen

Rachel Fishman Feddersen

The publisher and CEO of the Forward, Feddersen has been an innovator in digital media since the earliest days of Silicon Alley. She is passionate about creating and supporting the most engaging media properties, and exploring new ways of reaching readers, wherever they may be. She has worked with audiences of many millions, as Chief Content Officer of Patch, with its 900 sites across the country; Digital GM at MentalFloss.com and TheWeek.com, thought-leading brands for millennials and global citizens; and editor-in-chief of Parenting.com.

She’s won numerous awards for digital achievement from the MPA, Webby Awards, and MIN. Her site Parenting.com received an ASME nomination for General Excellence; she was named MIN’s Content Strategist of the Year in 2010; and she was inducted into the Digital Hall of Fame in 2011. That same year, she attended President Obama’s White House Summit on Digital Women.

Feddersen has made regular appearances as an expert on the TODAY show and Good Morning America, as well as NPR and PBS. She serves as a member of the March of Dimes National Media Advisory Committee. She has an English degree from Amherst College and a masters degree from NYU’s Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program. She studied Hebrew and Yiddish (along with French, Italian, German, and Spanish), and lived in Israel for a year.

Since her arrival in May 2016, Rachel Fishman Feddersen has been leading Jewish news organization the Forward through successful growth during an increasingly complex time for traditional journalism.

Rachel is currently spearheading a year of successful digital and print strategy as the Forward celebrates 120 years of existence. Where publications around the world are cutting down on staff and writing in favor of various reporting methods, Rachel has continued publishing a print edition of the long standing American Jewish cultural staple. Her elaborate digital growth strategy allows for the Forward to stay on top of breaking news while producing in-depth features, first-rate cultural coverage, and encouraging democratic principles.